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Truckers make daring rescue effort

CALGARY, Alta. -- A group of truckers are being lauded for their efforts to save a 15-year old boy from a fiery car...


CALGARY, Alta. — A group of truckers are being lauded for their efforts to save a 15-year old boy from a fiery car crash yesterday in Calgary.

A car shot through a stop sign and was hit by a semi truck, which under the circumstances had no way of stopping in time. The truck driver involved and a number of other truckers who witnessed the crash leaped into action and tried desperately, yet unsuccessfully, to save the passenger of the car.

“We tried to drag him out, but we couldn’t — the flames were too much, the door was jammed and his legs were caught inside,” says Maurice Bergeron, a Saskatoon-based truck driver. Bergeron struggled to free the passenger for four minutes as other truckers doused the victim with fire extinguishers.

About six truckers in all participated in the rescue efforts, most of them wielding fire extinguishers. Bergeron suggested that if more motorists carried fire extinguishers with them, there may have been a better chance for a rescue.


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